Initially vs Finally - What's the difference?

initially | finally |


As adverbs the difference between initially and finally

is that initially is at the beginning while finally is at the end or conclusion; ultimately.

initially

English

Adverb

(-)
  • At the beginning.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author= Ed Pilkington
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=6, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= ‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told , passage=In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.}}

    Synonyms

    * at first

    Antonyms

    * finally

    finally

    English

    Adverb

    (-)
  • At the end or conclusion; ultimately.
  • (sequence) To finish (with); lastly.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.}}
  • (manner) Definitively, comprehensively.
  • Synonyms

    * at length * at last * endly

    Antonyms

    * (ultimately) initially